Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from an Orthodox Perspective
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Theme: Mortal Sins
Volume 6 No. 356 July 1, 2016

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A Twelfth Century Wooden Church in Norway

I. This Sunday in Church

1. Bible Readings for This Sunday (July 3)

2. Sermons for This Sunday (July 3)

3. From Malankara World Journal Archives

Malankara World Journals with the Theme: Unforgivable Sin

Volume 5 No 294: July 10 2015
Sins Against Holy Spirit

Volume 4 No 229: July 25, 2014
Theme: Unforgivable Sin

Malankara World Journals with the Theme: Independence Day

Volume 2 No 84: July 5 2012

Volume 3 No 150: July 4 2013

Volume 4 No 226: July 3, 2014

Volume 5 No 293: July 3 2015
St. Thomas, Independence Day

II. Lectionary Reflections

4.  The Most Serious Sin in One's Life

The hardest sin indeed is that which sticks to a person more than skin to flesh. It becomes like part of his nature and character. It may turn into a psychic disease within him causing other perhaps incurable diseases, whether ethical or social. ...

5. Five Biblical Lists of Mortal Sins

I want to post five biblical lists of the more serious sins that exclude one from the kingdom of God. Saying that these are sins that "exclude one from the kingdom of heaven" is the biblical way of saying they are mortal sins. ...

6. Why God Chooses Splendid Sinners and Lovable Losers

During a radio interview I was asked why so many of the heroes of the Bible had serious flaws. My answer was simple. That's all God has to work with. All the perfect people are in heaven. The only ones on earth are the folks with serious weaknesses. The talent pool has always been pretty thin when it comes to moral perfection. So God works with sinners because that's all he has to work with. ...

III. Featured Articles

7. God, Freedom, and the Fourth of July

These national holidays bring out our deepest feelings of gratitude and love for our land, and hopefulness. They are not just celebrations of geography or opportunities for flag-waving; they are also occasions for reflection and even confession of the dissonance between reality and aspiration in our national life. ...

8. Independence Day

To people for whom oppression was very real, Jesus offered a radical kind of personal freedom in the midst of their ongoing oppression. He offered to set them free from their bondage to sin, free to exercise their birthright of a life of service to an emancipating God. ...

IV. General Weekly Features

9. Recipe: Loaded Potato Salad

Sour cream, bacon, shredded cheddar, green onions and more come together to give you all the richness of restaurant potato skins at your next picnic....

10. 12 Things Every Dad Should Say to His Kids

Dads. One of the most important relationships in this life, because it wields such power to shape and influence what we believe about who God is. A loving father can point us directly to the love of God our Heavenly Father, so clearly and directly. ...

11. The Value of Salt

At the end of His beatitudes, Jesus stated that His followers were to be salt and light in the world. Salt was highly valued in the ancient world for four special qualities. ....

12. About Malankara World

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